DI Legislative Council moves to clean up recruiting
ATLANTA − The Division I Legislative Council approved one part of a plan aimed at cleaning up the recruiting environment in men's basketball and will seek feedback from the membership on several companion proposals.
The Council approved 2009-99, which would prohibit institutions from hiring people associated with prospects for noncoaching positions during a period two years before and two years after the prospect's enrollment at an institution. It will be considered adopted at the conclusion of the Board meeting Saturday.
In essence, the proposal allows coaches either to recruit the prospective student-athlete or recruit the coach, but not both.
The measure was part of a package of proposals sponsored by the Board of Directors and supported by the Basketball Focus Group, the Conference Commissioners' Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NCAA enforcement staff. The package is intended to address escalating instances of money being funneled to people associated with prospective student-athletes and is the result of a year-long study of the recruiting environment by the Basketball Focus Group.
The Council will seek feedback on other portions of the package, including:
Proposal No. 2009-100, prohibiting an institution from holding nonscholastic basketball events on campus or in regularly used facilities.
Proposal No. 2009-101, allowing men's basketball coaches to recruit during an institution's camp or clinic
Proposal No. 2009-102, prohibiting institutions from hiring anyone other than enrolled students or institutional staff members for camps and clinics
The Council also approved one proposal that originated from the Basketball Academic Enhancement Group: Proposal No. 2009-96, which limits the number of physical education credits that junior college transfer students in the sport will count for eligibility purposes. The Council members believed that the proposal would better prepare two-year college transfer students for academic success at four-year institutions. Other portions of that package were also sent for comment.
The Council separated 2009-98 into four portions for voting purposes, and each part was sent out for comment.
The four parts would:
Require an institution's faculty athletics representative to review and approve the men's basketball athletics participation schedule, with an eye toward academic implications for student-athletes in the sport. While many institutions have similar requirements already, some members expressed concern about legal implications and timing issues.
Require teams to return to campus within 24 hours of the conclusion of a contest (current rules allow teams to stay away for 48 hours).
Create a staggered-start practice schedule aimed at easing men's basketball student-athletes into full athletics participation. The proposal would allow minimal practice two weeks earlier than current rules, ramping up to the current rules by October 15.
Eliminate a contest. A companion proposal in women's basketball (2009-78) was also sent out for comment.
Prop. 2009-97, which would allow institutions to exempt men's basketball student-athletes from counter status if they opt not to continue their athletics career after a coaching change but remain at the institution. This proposal was part of the Basketball Academic Enhancement Working Group package and is intended to help student-athletes in the final semesters of their academic career by allowing them to stay on aid but not count against a team limit.
In other business, the Council reconsidered its vote on 2009-22, which it had sent out for comment Wednesday. The Council also added skiing as an exception to the proposal that which would allow student-athletes to compete on a professional team so long as they do not accept payment in excess of actual and necessary expenses. Ice hockey was previously removed. The proposal was adopted as amended.
The proposal also creates an organized competition rule for sports other than men's ice hockey, tennis, swimming and diving and women's volleyball - charging prospective student-athletes who do not enroll full-time within a year of high school graduation (six months for tennis) and participate in organized events after the specified time period with a season of competition for every year of participation. The effective date for tennis was delayed. Finally, the proposal would require an academic year in residence prior to competition.
Any proposal adopted at the Legislative Council meeting will be considered adopted at the conclusion of the Board of Directors meeting Saturday.
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